Concord Chamber Singers has been delighting audiences for 50 years throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as communities throughout the United States and Europe with a repertoire of live music, including classic and contemporary works. Dr. Blaine Shover founded CCS in 1967 and led the group for 45 successful years. Dr. Jennifer Kelly joined CCS as the new Artistic Director in 2012. Under her direction, the chorus has continued to entertain audiences with a wide variety of music, such as "An Evening with the Mendelssohns"; annual Yuletide Feasts at the Northampton Country Club; a collaboration with Lafayette College for the world premiere of a major work by Gabriela Lena Frank; Carol Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass; and most recently, John Rutter's Magnificat.
In addition, CCS was the guest chorus for "Video Games Live!" with the Allentown Symphony, performs annually at Kirkland Village, and serves as the guest chorus at Lehigh University's Baccalaureate service every spring. In 2015 and 2016 Concord Chamber Singers celebrated our members' solo talents in a "Just Desserts" Cabaret, which featured the Dave Roper Trio. In spring 2016, the Iron Pigs invited CCS to sing the national anthem, and the chorus looks forward to returning this coming spring.
Our members travel from all over the Lehigh Valley and beyond to sing a diverse repertoire of both classic and contemporary works. Known for our energy and versatility, CCS has a tradition of singing throughout the ages, from intimate pieces to large-scale major works with orchestra. Over the years, we have collaborated with numerous ensembles, including the Allentown Symphony and Pops Orchestras, The Allentown Band, Philadelphia Brass, Chiara String Quartet, Dave Roper Trio, Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys, Lafayette College Choirs, and Lehigh University's Choral Union. We have also enjoyed three European tours and look forward to our fourth!
Additional highlights over the years include: a special appearance during a Kenny Rogers' Christmas Concert at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena; choral prelude music at the National Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, D.C. as part of their Evensong Lenten services; joining the Lehigh University's Choral Arts in performances of Brahms' Requiem, Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw, and Verdi's Requiem; Musikfest performances; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Haydn's Creation; Emma Lou Diemer's Mass; and Cherubini's Requiem in C minor in collaboration with the Concerto Soloist Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In August of 2001, CCS performed Sing for the Cure™: A Proclamation of Hope at Music in the Mountains in East Stroudsburg, PA. The concert was sponsored by Shawnee Press to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer research.
CCS is committed to bringing quality music to our greater community. Our mission is to foster excellent singing and impactful storytelling while engaging communities in the vibrancy of the choral art. Thanks to our singers, board members, audiences, donors, and supporters, Concord Chamber Singers looks forward to the next 50 years of superb music making!